Tag Along

Overview

It's junior prom night. Andrea is grounded for getting her older brother to buy booze for her, Paul is having panic attacks, Roemi has been stood up by his Internet date, and Candace is busy tagging a building (before she gets collared by a particularly tenacious cop). By happenstance, the four near-strangers end up together, getting into more trouble, arguing and ultimately helping each other out over the course of eight madcap hours.
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Overview

It's junior prom night. Andrea is grounded for getting her older brother to buy booze for her, Paul is having panic attacks, Roemi has been stood up by his Internet date, and Candace is busy tagging a building (before she gets collared by a particularly tenacious cop). By happenstance, the four near-strangers end up together, getting into more trouble, arguing and ultimately helping each other out over the course of eight madcap hours.
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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Ryan must be given lots of points for style...Junior high teachers who put this fun and entertaining novel in the hands of reluctant and struggling readers are sure to be thanked by their students."
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"A novel of rites of passage, experience, and teenage angst, Tag Along captures the teen audience with well-written narrative, rich with emotion and spicy with the complications of life. The story is a page-turner with humour, angst, anger and joy breathing life through the momentous events of the evening. Truly entertaining and delightful. Highly recommended for leisure reading."
Children's Literature - Sandra Eichelberger
It is prom night and almost everyone is going; well, almost everyone. Andrea is grounded. Paul is having a panic attack. Roemi has been stood up. And Crystal is just not into the prom scene. These four unlikely lead characters end up spending prom night together even though they are not really friends, at least not yet. The evening proves to be eventful and eye-opening. This Orca book lives up to the publisher's goal of offering books with high interest and easy reading. The story is engaging and the characters are relatable. The plot moves swiftly with a great deal of activity packed into a short time. Ryan addresses some serious issues along the way: bullying, gay relationships, getting involved with bad influences, overly strict parents, self-acceptance, freedom of expression and true friendship. Teens will find the story interesting and straightforward. High school libraries will want to add this to their shelves. Reviewer: Sandra Eichelberger
VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
Junior prom night is supposed to be the best night of the year. Not this year. Andrea is grounded when her mom finds booze in her closet. Paul is having panic attacks, so he cancels his date with the most popular girl in school. Roemi is stood up by the guy he met online. Candace is caught tagging a building and spends the evening avoiding a persistent cop. They all end up together, hanging out, getting in trouble, and ultimately becoming friends in spite of their differences, in the course of one night. Andrea is a rule-follower but gets talked into standing up for herself. Paul is afraid to let anyone know what he is really like, until he decides to openly be himself. Roemi fantasizes about the perfect date, but is willing to meet someone new. Candace is a loner, but learns she can be true to herself and still be a friend. Each chapter is written from the perspective of one of the four teens, showing their thoughts and feelings about their adventures. As they learn more about each other, they shed some of their prejudices. By the end of the night, each has grown stronger and more self-assured with the help of their new friends. This is a quick read with some of the antics being laugh-out-loud funny. Most teens will identify with one of the main characters, though they each have their quirks. This could also spark discussions about loyalty, friendship, and being true to yourself. Reviewer: Deborah L. Dubois
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
It's prom night, and four teens' plans for the evening are about to get hijacked. Andrea is a high achiever who gets grounded when her mom finds an alcoholic beverage in her closet. So unfair. Candace is just staying with her dad and stepmom for the weekend, but it's prom back in her city world, which is so not her thing. Now tagging is, and she's got plans to make her mark. Roemi's date is going to help him be one of the first gay couples at prom, and while he knows there'll be a hassle, he doesn't care. It's just exciting to actually meet John after all their online messages. And then there's Paul, who is the popular jock being led around by the nose by cool girl Lannie. Their plans have been carefully calibrated to make the maximum impact, but when Paul has one of his panic attacks, he's grateful that his mom covers for him. Well, not grateful that she claims he has diarrhea but glad to be off the hook. They all manage to meet, get connected and ultimately have a prom night that is far more memorable than their original plans. Ryan never goes over the top as he unfurls the story, alternating the voices of the four teens, but exciting events occur, and the gradual jelling of the group is completely believable. A regular kid's prom, minus the limo but with enough drama to satisfy. (Fiction. 11-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459802971
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, on Cape Breton Island. He spent his childhood reading, wandering the countryside, making up stories and bossing around his younger brothers. After high school, he studied English at Mount Allison University and then moved to Halifax, where he studied film production. For more information, visit www.tomwrotethat.com.

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